Clovis News: Sports

Central Section athletes ready for state track and field meet

On the Central Section level, Clovis High's Jenna Prandini and Clovis West's Alyssa Monteverde have accomplished what no one has before them.

Now for the big stuff -- specifically, the CIF State Track and Field Championships on June 3-4 at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"I'm catching up where I should be," Prandini said after winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes plus the long and triple jumps Saturday in the Central Section Grand Masters Championships at Buchanan.

That increased her already section career-record gold total to 13. The past four were in question a month ago, when she was out of competition with a hamstring injury.

But there were no restrictions in the Masters as she scorched wind-aided times of 11.51 seconds in the 100 and 23.66 in the 200 -- both best in the state for all conditions.

Her long (18 feet, 11 inches) and triple (39-4) jumps were far off her personal bests of 20-2 and 41-93/4.

"I wanted to finish up [in the Masters] by winning four more golds, so I'm happy about that," she said. "But I would have been happier if the jumps would have been longer. I know I'll be ready for the state meet."

The Clovis All-American won the long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100 at the state meet last year.

While she qualified for state in her four winning events Saturday, she said will reduce her work load to three again at the state championships. She said she's not sure which event she'll drop.

The top three finishers in each event Saturday are guaranteed state berths. Some at-large entries also made it, such as five pole vaulters, four high jumpers, four 1,600 runners in the boys and five discus throwers in the girls.

Monteverde, who will join Prandini at NCAA 2010 champion Oregon next year, won her eighth and ninth section golds -- second only to Prandini -- by sweeping the 100 high (14.13) and 300 low (42.95) hurdles for the second year in a row.

She also placed fourth in the long jump (17-5) and sixth in the high jump (5-1), shoveling 28 points in Clovis West's team championship runaway total of 951/2 points.

Her twin sister, Anginae, won the pole vault (12-3), placed second in the 100 hurdles (14.55) and was sixth in the long jump (16-111/4).

The Buchanan boys captured their third straight team title, winning by 402/3 points behind senior Chris Brusenback, who won the 100 (wind-aided 10.65), placed second in the 200 (21.75), and delivering dominating legs on school-record and meet-winning 400 (41.64) and 1,600 (3:18.54) relays.

This was quite a redemption for Brusenback, who was disqualified in last year's Masters 200 and 400 for running out of his lane.

C.J. Albertson added 18 points to the Bears' total by winning the 3,200 (9:17.26) and placing second in the 3,200 (4:14.45). Kevin Barnard placed second to him in the 3,200 (9:21.26) and was third in the 1,600 (4:15.49).

Other highlights included:

  • Buchanan senior Macy Bricks swept the 1,600 (meet-record and No. 3 all time in the section at 4:53.72) and 3,200 (10:50.88).
  • Clovis East freshman Machiah Murray won the girls high jump at 5-5. Her personal best of 5-6 ranks sixth all time in the section for a freshman.
  • Sophomore Brena Andrews' anchor leg rallied Independence to victory in the 400 relay (48.50) -- the Falcons' first Masters gold medal in school history. They're graduating their first senior class.
  • An expected showdown in the boys 100 was torpedoed when Bakersfield's Walter Hunt, ranked first in the section and fifth in the state at 10.66, pulled a hamstring in the meet-opening 400 relay and scratched from the 100.
  • Clovis scored a surprising 1-2 in the pole vault with junior Scott Greenman (15-8) and Alan Inouye (15-2) delivering personal bests. Inouye shared the silver with Liberty-Bakersfield's Andrew Ramay, who ranks second in the state at 16-3. State leader Kyle Fraley of Lemoore, who has gone 16-4, placed fourth at 15-2.
  • Tulare Western's Cyinna Booker placed fifth in the triple jump at 36-7 -- which ranks No. 7 in the section for a freshman.
  • Centennial's Christian King captured the 300 intermediate hurdles in 37.74 -- No. 6 all time in the section and No. 3 all time for a junior.
  • Clovis West senior Jacob Talley won the 800 in 1:54.34, a school record and No. 1 in the section this season.
  • Sanger 44-year coach Dave Dodson was inducted into the Fresno State Track and Field Hall of Fame on the Buchanan track before the meet. Dodson, a 1962 Fresno State graduate, didn't compete for the Bulldogs, but was inducted into the general category. "He's made such a significant contribution to the sport," said former Fresno State longtime coach Red Estes, who presented Dodson his trophy.
  • Redwood's Justin Vilhauer, the section's D-II cross country champion and the defending track and field titlist in the 1,600, competed only in the Rangers' 1,600 relay Saturday. They placed sixth, meaning he will not participate in the state meet.
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